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One Man's Trash Is Another Man's Treasure

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Many artists have their own set of art supplies.

But one Bismarck man isn't using paint brushes or ink to make art, he's using metal many would consider junk.

Tonight we introduce you to Chris Thomas, who is welding together unique pieces of art.

<<"Just anything metal, if a magnet can stick to it, I can weld on it," Chris Thomas Said.

Chris Thomas has been welding most of his life, but last fall he quit his full time welding job and decided to start his own business, combining welding and creativity to make art.

"Um, I get up and I come out here and usually from when I get up to right before I go to bed it's been, especially with things going well, it's been a lot of 14 or 16 hour days," Thomas said.

Since Thomas started his business, in addition to making lawn ornaments and flower planters, he's now also making home furniture, like mirrors and tables.

"I'm looking at things a little bit different, the same piece that I saw before maybe I wouldn't use it, now I'm thinking of an idea for it," Thomas said.

He's also getting ideas from others.

Thomas has been to a number of art shows this summer, and he says people are always giving him ideas.

"I hear every time I go to a show, do this or do that suggestions, so I usually take one and try to do it, my last one was a squirrel, which I'm still working on," Thomas said.

Thomas will admit, welding together his own business was a risk, but so far business is going well.

"There's still a little, there's definitely nervousness when you get to the new show, well maybe it's going to be different this time, there's always that chance that people aren't going to like it, but after the show you really feel good, everyone is positive when they're there, so yeah I really I enjoy doing them, it's a lot of work, but it's fun," Thomas said.

Turning old pieces of metal into new household decorations.

Chris Thomas will be at Capital A'fair this weekend.

To learn more about his art you can find him on Facebook, just click here.

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